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Sail Date: July 2018
We sailed the Jewel of the seas as being our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. Previously, last year we sailed on MSC Meraviglia, then the 4th largest liner in the world, therefore Jewel of the seas is Much Smaller. That meant initially ... Read More
We sailed the Jewel of the seas as being our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. Previously, last year we sailed on MSC Meraviglia, then the 4th largest liner in the world, therefore Jewel of the seas is Much Smaller. That meant initially we didn’t have high expectations. But it turned out to be better than all our other cruises. I will split this review into many sections. Embarkation: We flew into Rome Fiuminchino (excuse spelling); it was there we were met by Royal Carribean reps. They were genuinely nice and had a smile on their faces. They led us to a lovely, cool and comfy, air conditioned coach. Transfer to the ship was hassle free. Once we got to Civvitavecha cruise terminal, it only took 20 mins to get aboard. Stateroom: We were in an interior cabin located on deck 7. It was spotless and splendid. It met all our needs: Kettle, tea/coffee faculties, fridge, safe, hair dryer and a flat screen tv etc. Only downside is the TV was quite slow at responding. Our cabin steward Lemech always went above and beyond and made us always feel welcome. He was the best crew member I’ve ever had an encounter with on a cruise. He really does deserve a raise. There was little noise at night, beds were comfy and sheets were changed regularlily. Bathroom was spotless and towels replaced daily. I really can’t complain here. Food: From the Buffet (Windjammer) to the speciality restaurants, everything aboard the Jewel was the best. We ate breakfast in the buffet each day and it had everything you could possibly need: fruit, continental breakfast, American breakfast, a wide Range of cereal and drinks etc. The food tasted like heaven but better. Lunch was again ate in the windjammer. It had a different theme each day, eg; taste of Italy. All lunches had a wide range of food and again Tasted amazing. Dinner was spent in Tides Dinning room - deck 5. “My time dinning” is a gem. We got a table whenever we wanted and served straight away. Food was again lovely, however portion sizes can be small. Service on the other hand is out of this world. Entertainment: For kids there was plenty, slides, pool, golf, table tennis, cinema etc. For teens there was a huge teen programme that was very successful according to people in our group. It was brilliant and they made many friends through many activities. For adults there is the gym which had amazing facilities for the size of the ship. I can’t comment on the spa as I never used it. There is also ample sun lounges for people, even on days at sea. There is never a need to rush. At this stage, I could write a book with things to say, but here is a few general things: -poolside bar staff is amazing, brilliant atmosphere at night especially watching the World Cup on the big screen. -Latte Tudes is a gem. Use it. -Shows at night where a let down, but that didn’t phase us, as there was plenty else to do else where. Disembarkation: painless. We where first off ship at 0645, and we where through the terminal and onto the transfer back to the airport by 0700. Jewel was amazing, would do again 100%. Quick word on ports: Santorini - we hoped on the tender and took the cable car up. 6 Euro pp. we walked about and shopped, absorbing the local culture. We walked back down the donkey track which was an amazing experience, although u do feel sorry for them. Something needs to be done to Stop the treatment of them. Mykonos - did not get off, sun bathed at the amazing pool facilities onboard. Athens- we got off, and found a taxi driver. For 150 Euro, 5 of us got a 6hr tour around Athens which included visits to Acropolis, Olympic Stadium, Various Viewpoints, Parliament and shopping stops. Well worth it. Do not book expensive excursions. Do it yourself and you’ll really get to absorb life in the city. Katakolon- quiet port, beautiful sandy beach for relaxing is within a 10 min walk. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
The ship was okay. The cabin was comfortable. The dining experience was off the charts, because of the waiters. Entertainment staff was insanely great, had so much fun with them. Service was great. The ports were super. There is not ... Read More
The ship was okay. The cabin was comfortable. The dining experience was off the charts, because of the waiters. Entertainment staff was insanely great, had so much fun with them. Service was great. The ports were super. There is not much a 14 year old would be interested in doing, so our 14 year old hung out with us most of the time. The entertainment was boring as per her opinion. The dancing with the stars competition was awesome. The karaoke was not fare. The final competition was a combination of kids and adults, guess who won? Three of the four kids competing. Non of the adults who participated for the whole week made it to the top three. This was disappointing. We didn't really do any excursions. It was super easy to go on your own, it was cheaper and you stay at your own pace.You can pay for one deluxe drink package if your spouse doesn't really drink, just get someone o call a manager. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Having been on many cruises, we just wished we had tried Royal Carribean first and not last. We could not fault anything during our cruise. All the staff are so friendly, helpful and actually talk to you when passing, with many ... Read More
Having been on many cruises, we just wished we had tried Royal Carribean first and not last. We could not fault anything during our cruise. All the staff are so friendly, helpful and actually talk to you when passing, with many remembering your first name. Believe me this is the best you will ever get. When going into the Winchester to eat at night, where you select your food, you could always find a vacant table. You dont have to walk miles to find the various types of food. One night there were no chips, I said no chips tonight, where i was told, wait there a minute. He went to the kitchen and came out with fresh cooked chips. I have never seen such good service on any of our previous cruises. This is the one for us in future. Be sure to book the drinks package at your time of booking as it is cheaper. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
We selected this cruise after seeing a UK TV show with Jane Mcdonald on board this very ship. It is a relatively small ship 1200 passengers. We loved it, having cruised with Carnival (12 times) MSC (1) and PO (1), we consider ourselves ... Read More
We selected this cruise after seeing a UK TV show with Jane Mcdonald on board this very ship. It is a relatively small ship 1200 passengers. We loved it, having cruised with Carnival (12 times) MSC (1) and PO (1), we consider ourselves experienced cruisers and therefore a bit critical. No worries this is the most delightful ship I have ever sailed on, her crew of 26 different nationalities were a delight, nothing was too much trouble to make our holiday perfect. The food was great the entertainment out of this world . There were 36 different nationalities of passengers onboard all harmonised with each other making it one of the friendliness cruises we have been on. Our cabin was a Junior suite with a balcony, which was excellent. The Crystal and her crew have real style and we will return! We hope to cruise again with her in 2019. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the reviews were better than the other options. I am happy for my choice. The cabin was just perfect for us. The food was fabulous. I would suggest more variety and daily changes to the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the reviews were better than the other options. I am happy for my choice. The cabin was just perfect for us. The food was fabulous. I would suggest more variety and daily changes to the breakfast buffet but it was sufficient. Excellent drinks and wings at O'Shaheens. Mojitos were great at the Mojito bar. Yum! The white hot party was surreal and unforgettable. We loved Shimy the singer at the Stardust as well as dancing at Bliss. The beds in the cabin were sooo comfortable. Sail away from Venice was unforgettable. Loved Versailles restaurant. Our cabin steward Francis was wonderful. Service was usually excellent. My son and his girlfriend were first-time cruisers and LOVED the experience. We were sad to leave the NCL Star. The crew works very hard and the ship, recently reconditioned, was in great shape. No real complaints at all. Loved it! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We have sailed a number of lines including Princess,Disney,Norwegian, Costa,Silversea and Celebrity which is the one we sailed most of the time. We were looking forward to this trip as it was a true sailing ship.We brought my son and ... Read More
We have sailed a number of lines including Princess,Disney,Norwegian, Costa,Silversea and Celebrity which is the one we sailed most of the time. We were looking forward to this trip as it was a true sailing ship.We brought my son and nephew with us both in their 20's. Our cruise was to Croatia with stops in Montenegro and Slovenia. The ship is beautiful and our cabin while small was adequate. We did 2 excursions through the ship and our favorite was in Piren where we had lunch at a small family winery. There were only 8 of us and the excursion was wonderful. Due to the weather we did not have much sailing which was a disappointment but not anything star clipper could change. I thought they could improve on somethings. I knew that this was not a ship with many activities and was prepared for that but really there was nothing outside of the ports we visited. I think if they had a trivia once a day at the bar would have helped. The muster drill was awful. Two days, the first day was not bad but the second day of the mandatory drill of over an hour was just to long. The food was pretty good. I would not say it was better than Celebrity cruises and some nights were better than others. Would I travel on a star clipper again? Only if I really liked the ports of call and since this ship can make some smaller ports I would consider another cruise in the future. Service: Excellent from our cabin steward who had our room made up by the time we returned from breakfast, to the matrie at the restaurant who always found seats for 4 of us when arriving at anytime to a great bar staff.This was an excellent team who worked very hard.I do wish the cruise director did some on board activities; I felt she was lacking in this area Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We desired some quality indulgence for ourselves as we spent and celebrate our honeymoon with Royal Caribbean. We think we chose the best possible, and it worths its cost, although it was not cheap. We tried to participate many programs ... Read More
We desired some quality indulgence for ourselves as we spent and celebrate our honeymoon with Royal Caribbean. We think we chose the best possible, and it worths its cost, although it was not cheap. We tried to participate many programs that Royal Carribean provided. The entertaining shows, the dancing parties were fantastic, we entertained a lot! We love the activites at the pool side, and the music of L'ements Band were fantastic! The kind of music always passed to the activities (reggea, soul, 70's, 80's, etc.) The gym room was not so big, we should wait a bit for free machines. There were always something to eat at different place of the ship. The meals was delicious. The staff of the ship was always helpful, kind, and smiling! We left the ship with happily nevertheless we lost a bit piece of our heart on that ship! I recommend that experience for my friends! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
This ship is old but has a warmth and charm to it. The centrum area facilitates you being involved in different activities throughout the day. The solarium is wonderfully relaxing. My teenage son loved the teen club. The food was good but ... Read More
This ship is old but has a warmth and charm to it. The centrum area facilitates you being involved in different activities throughout the day. The solarium is wonderfully relaxing. My teenage son loved the teen club. The food was good but not great. Our two sea days had bad weather so we spent most of the day in the solarium. Dubrovnik and Kotor were amazing. Rained the day we were in Kotokolon but still visited Olympia. Santorini was beautiful but very disorganized and a bit stressful. Were 5 ships in port and there is a cable car or steep pathway down to the ships. The lines and waiting times for buses and the cable car is crazy. The communication is not great if you use local transfers and you end up spending a lot of time waiting for transport. Was exhausted by the time we returned to the ship. We did all our own tours which was easy and cheaper in all the other ports but in hindsight a royal carribean tour in santirini with guaranteed transport to and from the ship would have been better. Easy to get a taxi in Dubrovnik and Kotor and Kotokolon. Overall a lovely cruise Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
The ship was not well maintained. One of the elevators never worked. The food at the Windjammer was poor and the place not well cleaned. Very poor room service, one day we never received the breakfast we ordered, when called to ask why ... Read More
The ship was not well maintained. One of the elevators never worked. The food at the Windjammer was poor and the place not well cleaned. Very poor room service, one day we never received the breakfast we ordered, when called to ask why they said that they were very busy with too many orders, we had to leave the ship on a tour without breakfast. I have always cruised with Royal Caribbean but after this experience we will have to look for other options. The shows were of poor quality specially comparing with other Royal Caribbean cruises that I have taken. Drinks served at the theater were awful, I have to recognized the good service received at the main dining by Progica and Milos and the good service received by the personnel cleaning our cabin. This cruise was terrible and it questions the commitment of Royal Caribbean to support this route of cruising. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2018
Having done numerous cruises with Thomson/TUI/Marella we were looking forward to this one on Discovery 2. The ship is nice and has had a good re-furb. But we were disappointed to find that they seem to have cut down on the amount of staff, ... Read More
Having done numerous cruises with Thomson/TUI/Marella we were looking forward to this one on Discovery 2. The ship is nice and has had a good re-furb. But we were disappointed to find that they seem to have cut down on the amount of staff, therefore we sometimes had a long wait to get a drink as the waiters were rushed off their feet, and if we went to the bar there was always a queue to get served there. There doesn't seem to be enough seats and tables anywhere, and it was always a scrabble to find one, no matter what time it was. There were also times when it was a long wait to get into the restaurant and they have a paging system which calls you when your table is available, a good idea, and we found that if we hovered around someone with a pager, when it flashed we were able to dive onto their table. The ports of call were good and I was surprised to find that my favourite was Koper in Slovenia, a lovely quiet and super clean place. Venice was manic, and I've seen it now and don't wish to return. Likewise, Split and Dubrovnik, But my biggest gripe of all was the fact that you had to vacate the cabins by 8.00am on the day of departure. As we had been an hour in front of Greek time, this really became 7.00am by our body clocks as we sailed back into Corfu overnight. I think this is ridiculous when you are supposed to be on holiday. It seems that the attitude is "We've had your money, you've had your holiday, now beat it" While we were away, we've booked to go on the Far East cruise on this ship next January, we booked it on the second day and would certainly had second thoughts if we'd left it until the end of this cruise. Read Less

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